March 13, 2003
The Bruins showed why they are the number one team in the nation with a dominating defensive effort against Loyola Marymount, defeating the Lions 7-4 at home to move to 11-3 overall. Though the Bruins would only manage three goals in the first half, the defense was outstanding holding the Lions to one goal in each quarter and forcing numerous shot clock violations. In the third quarter, the Bruin offense came alive, out scoring LMU 3-1 to take a 6-3 lead going into the final quarter. Though the Bruins would only manage to score one goal the in the fourth, the defense continued its strong play allowing only one goal to give UCLA the 7-4 victory.
Jessica Lopez got the Bruins on the board first with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter. Another Lopez goal put the Bruins up 2-0 before the Lions answered back with a goal to make it 2-1. A Natalie Golda goal with under a minute remaining in the quarter gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead going into the second quarter. Though the Bruins would go scoreless in the second quarter, the defense and goalkeeper Jaime Hipp managed to hold the Lions to one goal to make the score 3-2, UCLA. In the third quarter, goals by Robin Beauregard, Golda, and Lopez would make it 6-3 in favor of the Bruins. In the final quarter Natalie Golda would complete her hat trick with a goal with 4:39 remaining to give the Bruins a 7-3 lead. Though LMU would score with 2:46 remaining, the Lions would not get any closer giving UCLA the 7-4 win.
Senior Jessica Lopez and Junior Natalie Golda each had a hat trick for the Bruins. Senior Robin Beauregard was the other Bruin scorer with one goal. For the Loyola Marymount Lions, Katie Hicks scored three times and Devon Wright scored once. Goalie Jaime Hipp had three saves for UCLA. LMU goalie Rachel Riddell recorded six saves.
The Bruins will host No. 4 Long Beach State tomorrow in an MPSF game at Noon. On Saturday, the Bruins head to San Diego to face No. 10 UC San Diego and No. 17 Princeton.
UCLA vs. Loyola Marymount - 3/13/03
Saves: UCLA - Jaime Hipp, 3; Rachel Riddell 6